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A global pandemic, social unrest, political and economic turbulence — many characterize 2020 as the ‘lost’ year no one saw coming. As we turn the page to 2021, the year of the mighty ox, we look into our crystal ball to try and get a better picture of what lies ahead.

New Suga Government

Yoshihide Suga was elected as Prime Minister of Japan on September 2020 following Shinzo Abe’s sudden resignation. His campaign platform focused on continuing with Abe’s ‘Abenomics’ and foreign policies, consolidating regional banks and lowering mobile costs, and wheeling in the pandemics.

Although he had exceptionally high…


A global pandemic, social unrest, political and economic turbulence — many characterize 2020 as the ‘lost’ year no one saw coming. As we turn the page to 2021, the year of the mighty ox, we look into our crystal ball to try and get a better picture of what lies ahead. New Suga Government Yoshihide Suga was elected as Prime Minister of Japan on September 2020 following Shinzo Abe’s sudden resignation. His campaign platform focused on continuing with Abe’s ‘Abenomics’ and foreign policies, consolidating regional banks and lowering mobile costs, and wheeling in the pandemics. Although he had exceptionally high…


Rock paper scissors is a simple game. It’s probably not worth explaining but just in case you’ve been living under a “rock” let me tell you there are three hand gestures (rock — fist, paper — open hand, scissors — peace sign) where one beats the other (rock wins over scissors, paper over rock, scissors beats paper) in a zero-sum game. It’s nearly universal and even young children can pick up the game rather easily. What does this have to do with search and recruitment?

Well, this is very similar to the contingent, exclusive and retained strategies used in search…


After working on your CV, scouring job boards and speaking to recruiters in the market for months you finally land the interview of your dreams. It’s a company that you’ve had a personal connection with and the brand speaks to you like it’s calling your name. The industry is growing and you’ll be working with cutting edge technology, and not to mention the attractive compensation, benefits and flexible work style that’s being offered. Then you’ve come to the terrifying realisation that with all the work you’ve put in you’ve actually spent very little time preparing for the interview itself. If…


Your resume is a window to all the opportunities in the world so spending time to craft a final product that you’re proud of makes a lot of sense.

For starters, you’ll want to keep things simple by having no more than three to four fonts/typefaces. For example, name and subtitles in large bold font, the main content in regular font, and a third italic font to bring attention to words in the body. More than that and the CV will start looking like alphabet soup. …


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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Pursuing Happiness

It’s true, we’re all born with a thirst for water, hunger for food and need for love and attention. Modern commercialisation goes further by dictating that we should all have insatiable needs. God forbid we practice minimalism and crash the economy.

As we grow up to be mature adults, we learn that material goods only satisfy us to a certain point. For the…


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Are you managing a heavy workload, double-hatting or even triple-hatting, sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time, working with eccentric colleagues and clients, and/or inundated with family commitments? Have you ever found yourself preparing for a big presentation and a neighbor throws a party next door waking your kids in the middle of the night?

Stress as we know it comes at us in different shapes and sizes. It can be mental, physical, or emotional. It can be trivial like water drops from a loose facet or it could be traumatizing events like divorce, job loss…

Yan Sen Lu

Husband, father of two, and global citizen. Founder and managing director of Makana Partners.

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